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News in Brief

Change to the undergraduate applications closing date
A part of the COVID-19 impact on applications and admissions to the University of Cape Town (UCT) this year was the withdrawal of the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) from the 2021 admission criteria. At the time of making this change, 30 May, we took the decision to review the rest of the undergraduate admission criteria and consider amendments that may compensate for the loss of the NBTs. That review is underway, and the amended criteria will be announced shortly.
Given where we are in our application cycle for admission in 2021, and in fairness to undergraduate applicants, the closing date for undergraduate applications has been extended to 31 August 2020. This extension in no way affects applications for admission to any postgraduate programme or the Semester Study Abroad programme.
Royston Pillay
17 July 2020




UCT leads, in Africa, in all of the five major world university rankings: Times Higher Education, Quacquarelli Symonds, Center for World University Rankings, US News Best Global Universities and ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Times Higher Education

UCT moved 20 places to 136th position in the latest 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

US News

The sixth edition of the US News Best Global Universities rankings saw UCT being ranked 121st globally for 2020.

Upcoming Events

2020 19 Aug 15:00 16:00

Sister Institute Seminar Series 8

The IDM, in partnership with Janelia, the research campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and six other leading research institutes around the world, are bringing you the Sister Institute Seminar Series. 

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2020 24 Aug 12:00 13:00

UCT GSB Mcom Information Session Virtual Webinar

Join us for an information session webinar about the UCT GSB's Master of Commerce Degree (MCom) in Development Finance. This webinar creates an opportunity for prospective applicants to learn more about the school, the programme and the admissions process.


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